A survey of LGV drivers has been launched today as part of a drive to tackle the skills shortage in the transport and logistics sector.

Carried out by Talent in Logistics in partnership with Pertemps Driving Division, the project aims to uncover the reality of working as a professional LGV driver.

The survey will ask drivers for their own views on the causes of the driver shortage and what could be done to attract more drivers, as well as their perceptions of their career.

It will look at drivers’ attitudes to the company they work for, as well as topics such as training, career prospects, mental health, physical wellbeing, pay, employee benefits and leadership.

‘Our sector has a massive skills shortage, but until now, nobody has really surveyed the people involved en masse - the LGV drivers - what they think the issue is,’ says Ruth Edwards, business development director for Talent in Logistics.

‘This survey gives drivers a forum to express what is good and bad about their job, and how engaged they are in their role. The survey will help employers, and our sector, understand some of the key challenges around attracting, engaging and retaining talent so that we can all find ways to improve.’

Many of the leading businesses employing LGV drivers will be inviting their employees to complete the survey online. Talent in Logistics will also be visiting truck stops around the UK to conduct face-to-face interviews and encourage drivers to complete the survey. Those who choose to opt in, will be entered into a prize draw and one driver will win a £250 Love2Shop voucher.

‘As one of the UK’s largest suppliers of agency drivers, Pertemps Driving Division continually looks for new ways to improve the working lives of LGV drivers to ensure retention and attraction levels remain high for our extensive client base,’ says Samantha Leleu, GM for Pertemps Driving Division.

‘This is a unique opportunity to listen to LGV drivers across the country to develop an even greater understanding of the issues that matter most.’